September 28th, 2016

Could you rehome a hen this New Year?

Could you rehome a hen this New Year? Could you rehome a hen this New Year?
Updated: 3:51 pm, Jan 04, 2016

COULD you ‘cluck up’ the courage to give a hen a happy home this year?

Hundreds of former battery chickens who would otherwise be sent to slaughter are looking for Coventry families to offer them a loving retirement home.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will host a pop-up rehoming event in Allesley on Saturday, January 9 in the hopes of finding cosy coops for the ex-commercial laying hens

Since its establishment in 2005, the charity has re-homed nearly 500,000 hens as well as educating the public about how they can make a difference to hen welfare and support the British egg industry.

And in just a few weeks the trust could also be entering the records books when it re-homes its half a millionth hen, Dee.

Local Coordinator for the charity, Ian Farrar, said: “After receiving so many gifts at Christmas, January is a great time to consider re-homing some of our gorgeous girls, it’s a nice way to give a little something back.

“Ex-bats are naturally amiable and simple to keep making them ideal pets for families and first time chicken keepers.

“If you haven’t adopted hens before, it’s incredibly rewarding and the feel-good factor in saving lives is simply unbeatable.”

Anyone with a back garden is eligible to keep hens, and while the charity does not charge a set fee per hen, they ask for a £5 donation to cover the costs of rescuing the hens.

All hens must be reserved in advance by emailing the Hen Central rehoming team at hens@bhwt.co.uk or by calling 01884 860084.

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